The Reading / Listening - Head Teachers - Level 2

It is hard for schools in England. They have little money to spend and have to cut back on many things. The UK government has cut school budgets. A head teacher in south London cannot pay for cleaners or canteen staff. She has to help to clean the toilets and serve students in the cafeteria herself. She recently told reporters that she was embarrassed because her school did not have enough money to support her students. She has sold school land, cut subjects and fired her deputy-head teacher to keep her school open.



The London school is like many schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have made difficult decisions about how to spend their school's money. Over 7,000 head teachers wrote to 3.5 million parents to explain there is no money. Schools have asked parents to volunteer to help the children. Some schools asked parents for toilet paper and other basics for classrooms. One school gives students just one sheet of A4 paper a month. Head teachers want to meet the UK's education secretary, but he refused. The UK government said funding for education was a priority.

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/education-47482587
  • https://inews.co.uk/news/education/head-teacher-clean-toilets-serve-luch-school-funding-cuts/
  • https://edexec.co.uk/head-teacher-forced-to-scrub-school-toilets-due-to-lack-of-funding/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. cut back
  2. cut school
  3. She has to help to clean
  4. serve students in the
  5. enough money to support
  6. She has sold school
  7. fired her
  8. keep her school
  1. deputy-head
  2. cafeteria
  3. budgets
  4. open
  5. land
  6. the toilets
  7. her students
  8. on many things

Paragraph 2

  1. teachers have made
  2. teachers wrote to 3.5 million
  3. Schools have asked parents
  4. schools asked parents
  5. other basics
  6. one sheet of A4 paper
  7. the UK's education
  8. funding for education was
  1. for toilet paper
  2. a priority
  3. parents to explain
  4. to volunteer
  5. secretary
  6. difficult decisions
  7. for classrooms
  8. a month

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is (1) ___________________ in England. They have little money to spend and have to (2) ___________________ many things. The UK government has cut school budgets. A head teacher in south London (3) ___________________ cleaners or canteen staff. She has to help to clean the toilets and serve students in the cafeteria herself. She recently told reporters (4) ___________________ embarrassed because her school did (5) ___________________ money to support her students. She has sold school land, cut subjects and fired her deputy-head teacher (6) ___________________ school open.

The London school (7) ___________________ schools in the UK. Thousands of head teachers have made (8) ___________________ how to spend their school's money. Over 7,000 head teachers wrote to 3.5 million parents (9) ___________________ is no money. Schools have asked parents to volunteer to help the children. Some schools asked parents for toilet (10) ___________________ basics for classrooms. One school gives students just one sheet of A4 paper a month. Head teachers (11) ___________________ the UK's education secretary, but he refused. The UK government said funding for education (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ItishardforschoolsinEngland.Theyhavelittlemoneytospendandhavet
ocutbackonmanythings.TheUKgovernmenthascutschoolbudgets.A
headteacherinsouthLondoncannotpayforcleanersorcanteenstaff.Sh
ehastohelptocleanthetoiletsandservestudentsinthecafeteriaherself.
Sherecentlytoldreportersthatshewasembarrassedbecauseherschoo
ldidnothaveenoughmoneytosupportherstudents.Shehassoldschooll
and,cutsubjectsandfiredherdeputy-headteachertokeepherschoo
lopen.TheLondonschoolislikemanyschoolsintheUK.Thousandsofhea
dteachershavemadedifficultdecisionsabouthowtospendtheirschool'
smoney.Over7,000headteacherswroteto3.5millionparentstoexplai
nthereisnomoney.Schoolshaveaskedparentstovolunteertohelpthec
hildren.Someschoolsaskedparentsfortoiletpaperandotherbasicsforc
lassrooms.OneschoolgivesstudentsjustonesheetofA4paperamonth.
HeadteacherswanttomeettheUK'seducationsecretary,butherefused
.TheUKgovernmentsaidfundingforeducationwasapriority.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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